Scream Kings 2019, Day 16: Fritz Weaver
Our scream king for tonight, Fritz Weaver, practically cut his teeth with science fiction and horror. He starred in two classic episodes of "The Twilight Zone," "Third From the Sun," where a family must escape nuclear war to a distant planet, and "The Obsolete Man," where he stands as a judge over people's value to society. He also starred in an episode of "Way Out," an overlooked horror serial hosted by the secretly spooky Roald Dahl. In what was likely a nod to his earlier roles, he starred in an episode of Rod Serling's '70s follow up "Night Gallery." In the Dean Koontz-based A.I. horror "Demon Seed" (Donald Cammell, 1977), he plays a computer scientist opposite his wife Julie Christie, who ultimately goes too far in his quest for the perfect system. He showed a tendency towards B-movies and TV specials, which ranged in quality from the likes of "Jaws of Satan" (Bob Claver, 1981) to the incredible "Creepshow" (George A. Romero, 1982), where he stars as Dexter Stanley, a womanizing professor who finds a crate that's very old ... and very hungry. Throughout the '80s he was in practically every horror TV show imaginable, from "The Twilight Zone" to "Tales From the Darkside" to "Monsters" to "Friday the 13th: the Series" (yeah, that was a thing). His last splash in horror and sci fi was in the early '90s in an episode of "The X Files."